Homemade Honey Buns

Remember those irresistible Homemade Honey Buns from childhood that seemed to melt in your mouth with every bite? The ones that paired perfectly with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee?

Well, we’ve got some fantastic news: you can recreate that same delicious magic right in the comfort of your kitchen! Our homemade honey buns recipe is a delightful throwback to those cherished moments, but with the added satisfaction of being made by your own hands.

Honey Buns in a bowl

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If you’re looking for a treat that warms the heart as much as the taste buds, you’ve come to the right place.

So, roll up those sleeves and let’s get baking – a world of sweet, honey-glazed goodness awaits!

Ingredients for Homemade Honey Buns

Honey Bun Dough

Cinnamon Sugar

  • ¼ cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

Glaze

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ – ½ cup hot water
Homemade Honey Buns  Ingredients

Recipe for Homemade Honey Buns

Dough Preparation

  1. In a stand mixer, start by adding the warm water, sugar and yeast. Whisk together and let sit for 5 minutes so the yeast can activate.
  2. Then pour in the flour, honey, melted butter, egg yolks, vanilla and salt. Use a hook attachment to mix and knead together for 8 minutes. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides as needed throughout the mixing. The dough will be slightly sticky.
  3. Transfer the dough to an oiled mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let proof at room temperature for 1 hour or until the dough doubles in size.
  4. A few minutes before the dough is done proofing mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl with a fork.
  5. Once proofed, remove the dough from the bowl and place on a clean, floured surface.

Bun Preparation

  1. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle about ¼-½ inch thick. Spread the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly across the dough. Coat all areas by spreading with your hands and press the mixture into the dough.
  2. Tightly roll the dough, lengthwise, into a long log. Place the log diagonally on your clean surface. Use a knife to cut straight vertically along the diagonal log to create 2 inch slices.
  3. Place these cut honey bun rolls on a baking sheet. Cover in plastic wrap and allow to proof for another 30 minutes.
  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium high heat.
  5. The honey buns will have almost doubled in size after proofing. Once the frying oil is hot, place 3-5 buns in at a time, depending on the size of your pan/pot.
  6. Let cook on each side for about 1 ½ to 2 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides.
  7. Remove from the oil and place on a plate with a paper towel to drain excess oil. Fry all the honey buns and set aside to cool. Use a spatula to press down each honey bun and create a flat look, just like the packaged version.

Glaze Preparation

  1. While those cool, make the glaze.
  2. In a mixing bowl add the powdered sugar, honey, melted butter, vanilla extract and salt all at once. Whisk together until combined. The mixture will still look like slightly clumpy powdered sugar.
  3. Slowly pour in the hot water while whisking the powdered sugar mixture until a thick white glaze is formed. Start slowly because you may not need all the water.
  4. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and a cooling rack on top.
  5. Dip each honey bun into the glaze, coating each side. Because this is a thicker glaze be sure to shake off excess frosting before transferring to the cooling rack.
  6. Let the rest of the honey bun glaze drip off and then harden on the pastry for about 20 minutes.

Beverages To Serve with Honey Buns?

Honey buns are versatile and pair beautifully with a variety of beverages. Here are some delightful choices to complement their sweet and fluffy nature:

  • Coffee: A classic choice, the bitterness of a strong brew balances the sweetness of the bun.
  • Milk: Cold milk with a honey bun is a match made in heaven!
  • Tea: Particularly a black or herbal tea can be a warm, comforting companion.
  • Hot Chocolate: For those ultra-cozy moments.

Can You Use Other Favors in Honey Buns Glazes?

Of course! While honey glaze is a classic, you can easily switch things up for a fun twist. Try a vanilla glaze by blending powdered sugar with a splash of vanilla and milk for a sweet, aromatic touch.

If you’re into zesty flavors, a citrus glaze made with lemon or orange zest and juice adds a fresh kick.

For those with a craving for something richer, a chocolate or caramel glaze can be utterly indulgent. Don’t be afraid to get creative and mix different flavors to find your perfect match.

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Can Honey Buns Be Frozen?

Absolutely! Honey buns can be frozen to enjoy later. Once they’ve cooled completely, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and pop them into a freezer bag.

How To Reheat Homemade Honey Buns?

When you’re ready to relish their sweetness again, simply take one out, unwrap, and microwave for about 20-30 seconds until warm.

If you prefer the oven, heat them at 350°F (175°C) for around 10 minutes. Either way, you’ll have a soft, delicious treat that feels freshly baked!

In wrapping up our honey bun adventure, isn’t it wonderful to know you can bring such sweet, nostalgic delights to life right in your own kitchen?

Fun Cinnamon Rolls:

Homemade Honey Buns not only offer a taste of childhood memories but also the joy of creating something from scratch.

Whether you enjoy them fresh out of the oven, glaze them with creative flavors, or store some for later, they’re a testament to the magic of homemade treats.

Here’s to many cozy mornings and heartwarming moments with every bite of these golden goodies!

Homemade Honey Buns

Homemade Honey Buns

Yield: 12 Honey Buns
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Proofing/Resting Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 48 minutes

Reconnect with the tastes of childhood and create a classic treat. Our easy-to-follow homemade honey buns recipe brings back those sweet memories you cherish, one delicious bite at a time!

Ingredients

Honey Bun Dough

  • ½ cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active yeast
  • 2 ⅔ cup all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Sugar Center

  • ¼ cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

Glaze

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ - ½ cup hot water

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer, start by adding the warm water, sugar and yeast. Whisk together and let sit for 5 minutes so the yeast can activate.
  2. Then pour in the flour, honey, melted butter, egg yolks, vanilla and salt. Use a hook attachment to mix and knead together for 8 minutes. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides as needed throughout the mixing. The dough will be slightly sticky.
  3. Transfer the dough to an oiled mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let proof at room temperature for 1 hour or until the dough doubles in size.
  4. A few minutes before the dough is done proofing mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl with a fork.
  5. Once proofed, remove the dough from the bowl and place on a clean, floured surface.
  6. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle about ¼-½ inch thick. Spread the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly across the dough. Coat all areas by spreading with your hands and press the mixture into the dough.
  7. Tightly roll the dough, lengthwise, into a long log. Place the log diagonally on your clean surface. Use a knife to cut straight vertically along the diagonal log to create 2 inch slices.
  8. Place these cut honey bun rolls on a baking sheet. Cover in plastic wrap and allow to proof for another 30 minutes.
  9. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium high heat.
  10. The honey buns will have almost doubled in size after proofing. Once the frying oil is hot, place 3-5 buns in at a time, depending on the size of your pan/pot.
  11. Let cook on each side for about 1 ½ to 2 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides.
  12. Remove from the oil and place on a plate with a paper towel to drain excess oil. Fry all the honey buns and set aside to cool. Use a spatula to press down each honey bun and create a flat look, just like the packaged version.
  13. While those cool, make the glaze.
  14. In a mixing bowl add the powdered sugar, honey, melted butter, vanilla extract and salt all at once. Whisk together until combined. The mixture will still look like slightly clumpy powdered sugar.
  15. Slowly pour in the hot water while whisking the powdered sugar mixture until a thick white glaze is formed. Start slowly because you may not need all the water.
  16. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and a cooling rack on top.
  17. Dip each honey bun into the glaze, coating each side. Because this is a thicker glaze be sure to shake off excess frosting before transferring to the cooling rack.
  18. Let the rest of the honey bun glaze drip off and then harden on the pastry for about 20 minutes

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